Now that it is finally spring, the center of New Hartford is quite busy. Although stretched along Route 44, it is a very pleasant place to take a short walk. There is, of course, the Farmington River and a variety of older commercial buildings; but there is also a surprising number of interesting houses still present. These houses range from quite early Greek Revival to much later in the nineteenth century. Many of these buildings have been remodeled; and sometimes entirely repurposed: for example the North End School, which is now an apartment building; however, in many cases the age of construction and building history can be discerned from the street. This is not a village of ornate houses. It is a village of well-built, upper middle-class homes and tenements supporting a prosperous mill town. In fact, it is precisely what one would expect given the town’s history.
The Historical society did create a short walking tour pamphlet that covers some of these buildings, it is available at the society.